Friday, May 31, 2013

Update

We are hearing it on the North Shore and on the Windward side too. They should not be forced to pay for a rail mess that is not wanted by the users, especially because the users will be "forced" to use it. Somebody else should pay for it. But the public transportation continues to worsen on both the North Shore and the Windward side to pay for this Crisis. Auwe! Yes we know the big profits by the Rail Party.

"Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of
moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life."

There is some news that they will have some line dancing in Ewa Beach, Kapolei and Waianae but I will have to investigate further. The interest seems to be there but the Rail people have to the buses screwed up. And more than that this section seemed to be attracting more men than in town.

I still think they should allow, the wearing of guns for the men and cowboy hats and cowboy boots should be mandatory. Perhaps, that way the men would feel more manly about line dancing in this culture we live in. Not enough men, "Get Out There And Dance!"

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Crew Cuts

Regarding the worry that some of these very good dancers are watching you and are judging and critical, I have bad news and I have good news:

The bad news is that unless you're a really super dancer, they're not watching you. You're being ignored.

The good news is that unless you're a really super dancer, they're not watching you. You're being ignored.

And if you are a superdancer, and they're watching you with a frown on their faces, it's probably because they envy you, and also they're hard at work trying to copy your material.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media: To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job but nuttin' like a blog.




Monday, May 27, 2013

Should Everyone Dance?

I think most of us think that way. It is good for you on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. And it doesn’t really matter, with whom you dance, how you dance, or where you dance.

"Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be
content in our everyday life and share the
same happiness with our fellow dancers."

The music moves all of us and makes us feel good. Just watch the kids at any young get together. No form or structure, they just get up and go for it! Some may realized that they also get exercise when they dance but the main thing is moving to their favorite music.

There have been many exercise forms developed using music to enhance the movements and everyone benefits because the body is moving and exercising to whatever music is indicated. Fine.

'Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Some people prefer to take a structured class, others like to “go out” dancing, and some like to just dance when nobody is around to see. We should learn to accept all kinds, clones are for the disciplines.

Of course, line dancing is a favorite for beginners. Besides learning self-discipline, they improve their memories too, learning the steps in the proper sequence. They become acquainted with the type of music used in Social Partner Dancing.

And with no partners they evolved their own personal and unique styling, it does the most for men only they don't know it. They learn the lead easier and of course the ladies are terrific in the follow.

For some couples, learning a great combination in a social dance class and working it over and over at different dance functions gives them the ability to feel free in the movement as they get better and better at it so that they experience oneness of mind, body and soul. Just do it!


Any dancers out thataway?

When I dance, I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot
separate myself from life. I can only be joyful
and whole; that is why I dance. ~ Hans Bos




Thursday, May 23, 2013

Warning


For our reader/dancers that are also computer users: Ransomware is on the rise again, and it has now hit Hawaii. No doubt about that, cyber security experts’ predictions were correct. Apparently they know this stuff very well. Seriously, you have to respect them. They also said that ransomware will probably hit smart phones too. We haven’t seen any of these yet but it’s probably just a matter of time.

Anyway, today we’re looking at the FBI MoneyPak virus or Trojan if you like. Most people nowadays don’t really know how to properly describe malware. I don’t know what it is, so let’s just call it a virus. Education is the key guys, especially when it comes to PC security. So, let's make things sparkling clear.

If your computer screen is filled with a FBI warning page that claims you have to pay the $200 fine, you’re infected with ransomware. It’s not a virus. It can’t delete your files or inject .doc files. And there is no record of any unlocking by anyone of the payees to the ransom. They just want your money.

Do not pay. Get help from any of your computer geek friends if possible. So far Apple nor Microsoft have the programmers to stop it. And the FBI and the CIA are at a complete loss.




Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Point of Diminishing Returns.

We are just about there, and Oahu West is lagging behind. Hopefully I can get some photos at HBDA Saturday Dance Review at Aliamanu Elementary. Good for everyone.

We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive... 
and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. ~ D.H. Lawrence

We need the photos to share with our readers and I may have to cut back even farther to please the Photees. If they do not wish to share with their fellow dancers then we should respect their wishes and stay at a respectful distance.

Fortunately, I am lining up some good ones and one can only hope. I started two new blogs on the Eastside of this island and hopefully one of them will bear fruit. With a good Guest Author, new people, new clubs and new places to dance, and no Rail Disaster to hold them up, it will be jumping.

"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Unfortunately, it is rather difficult for me to travel the distance, so it will be up to the Information and photo contributors to get the action rolling. They just have to be willing to share with the entire blogosphere. If not, then I just have to be on my way.


Does anyone dance on that side of the Island?

Individual dancers almost universally have a bond toward what sociologists call reference groups. A reference group is a social group that serves as a point of reference in making evaluations and decisions. In our social clubs, these groups are composed of the De Jure officers and the De Facto rulers (the cliques.)

Generally, people are relatively equal in terms of power when they interact with peers. Cliques, however are a group of people that have many of the same interests & commonly found in a High School/College setting and they can carry over the methods to dance clubs. Their primary interests are for their group not the clubs and most of the time they have a name and rules for themselves.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

At a Stand Still

I just don't know, which should be nothing new. The places to dance in this territory have just not been as available as they could be. And perhaps we are getting too much benefit from them and not giving enough to them. Blogging is still an unknown factor in the West.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”

The net result should be a benefit for all concerned but the problem is that no one has understood how that could be. But for sure we must be as understandable as possible. If they do not wish to be involved, then we must respect and not bother.


I will make one last attempt at Puuhale School, for Dance Hawaii. If it doesn't  work, this blog will be reduced to once per week. I will also make another attempt at HBDA Ohana at the Palladium. And I will play it by ear after that.


Of course there is Fleet Lounge and Ige's 19th Puka but that is pending. I tried others but they all seem to think I am making millions on their good looks, talent, fame and good fortune.  They don't know, we will be patient.

Pub's Side Note: There are over 2800 religions in the world. How can you be so sure that yours is the right and only one?

 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cultural Dancing

Most of us know little about the official and complicated dance techniques that dance organizations have set up during the years. But there are many good dance gurus with plenty of experience that have a vast amount of knowledge in their own kuleanas.

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."

The Internationals more than the American Style because it is more concise and unanimous by Style. A third group has been emerging lately in which there are many opinions, many of which are very good, short and to the point.

Many millenniums ago, even before we became "modern man" there was some type of movement to a rhythm that was not straight walking. The great apes have something like this and many have seen it in this day and age.
 
"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

But it was not until the beginning of Agriculture and the start of villages and the advent of the drum that dancing began. If the drum just went boom, boom, boom the people learn to walk in just slightly different way but keeping time to the drum. A little extra move of the shoulder, or the hip, or the knee, whatevah.

And from there evolved the most basic movement that exists to this day. You have all seen how they dance in Africa, just jumping up and down, one, two, three, four. And some do not need any count because it has no accent. All this voodoo about dance influence from Africa on Latin dance is just lack of documentation and misinterpretation. In the US, it is well documented that Jazz evolved from the Negros "after" the emancipation, from the Indian music and the marches of the day. Not from Africa.

"In My Life" by the Beatles
 
If Agriculture began 10000 years ago, about 8000 BC, the Indian Villages in Mexico began their similar trek into dancing as others all over the world. By 3000 BC, they had large towns that could afford professionals in many things. Religion, Astronomy, Mathematics, Music and Dance.

Now came the variations in movement all according to the same step, step, step of the no accent dance. With music it was easy to develop the One, two, One two with the accented beat. A famous movement even in the North American Indians was the toe on One, and the full foot on the two. You can see those to this very day.

The most famous remains the Milonga, an original South American cat dance with a pounce at the end of a short run. All step, step, step. Gradually accepted by the "illegal aliens" and it gradually evolved into the Tango.

So we come to the present day social cultural dancer. The street dancer with some school learning. Yes, it certainly helps, they have to learn standard movements so as to facilitate the lead and follow. These people just enjoy moving to music. Others have a different slant. No hu hu, we should attempt a little understanding and everyone should have a right to "their" way.


No truth to the rumor of a keg of beer and six cases of champagne.

The line dancers want to dance their way at their gatherings. Why not? The Salsa dancers want to dance their way at their gatherings. Why not? The Tango dancers want to dance their way. Why not? The only annoying thing is when any one of them start to look down their noses at the rest of us. Then it can become bothersome. Auwe!






Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Da Waltz

By Franklin Chen, Fernandez Village

Dancing in 3/4 time was from the days of the Renaissance. And there are records of it being danced in various places across Europe.

"Take calculated risks, that is quite different from being rash."

The peasants of Bavaria, Tyrol, and Styria began dancing a dance called Walzer, a dance for couples, around 1750. Then wide, wild steps of the country people became shorter and more elegant when introduced to higher society. There are several references to a sliding or gliding dance,- a waltz. There were many starts from many places for the Waltz who's time had merely come.

In the transition from country to town, the hopping of the Ländler, a dance known as Langaus, became a sliding step, and gliding rotation replaced stamping rotation.The Viennese custom is to slightly anticipate the second beat, which conveys a faster, lighter rhythm, and also breaks of the phrase. While the eighteenth century upper classes continued to dance the minuet, bored noblemen slipped away to the balls of their servants.
 
"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

The younger Strauss, in the 1840s. would sometimes break up the one-two-three of the melody with a one-two pattern in the accompaniment along with other rhythms, maintaining the 3/4 time while causing the dancers to dance a two-step waltz. Later went into a chasse and the Viennese Waltz can be danced with Samba pattern all the way through.

By the time the Austrian Maximilian took over as Emperor of Mexico, he and his friends imported the Viennese Waltz to Mexican High Society. Fortunately, the Indians had been dancing the three count movement to a three count measure but they had also been dancing a chasse to a faster three count as in Viennese Waltz. But now it became a partner dance and the peasant style remains very popular in most Latin countries.

 
Do they dance Waltz in that territory?

The metronome speed for a full bar varies between 60 and 70, with the waltzes of the first Strauss often played faster than those of his sons. In the 19th century the word primarily indicated that the dance was a turning one; one would "waltz" in the polka to indicate rotating rather than going straight forward without turning.

The Waltz remains as some of the most beautiful music and some of the most enjoyable dancing that exists in the world today.
 
"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect."
 
 


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Slow Moving

We gotta dead blog, just cannot get the action that is going on. The lower end of the corridor at Mapunapuna is silent. There could be something there but we just don't know about it. Up a short way we have the Aliamanu Intermediate School but that is in process of raising the prices. (Gotta Pay Fo' Da Rail)

"Let us not believe, either half of the good that people tell us of ourselves,
nor half of the evil they say of others."

At the Plaza Hotel, they were thinking about some dancing but they also realized that the Rail Fiasco is gonna screw up the works. With estimated costs now going to ten billion dollars, it may get stalled along the way when they run out of funds. What a waste of money.

Fleet Lounge still going good, just need a good social dance music DJ. Good prices and plenty nice people there. With some weekly regularity in the middle of the week it could develop into a real Pau Hana Dance. 5:00 to 9:00. Drop in after work, and going home with a nice uncrowded freeway. Would get a terrific reputation is a short while throughout the territory.

Past the Stadium the most developed place, is Pearlridge Mall. Most Young People style dancing all over the place. No mention at all of Cinco De Mayo so der ain't any places wid it.


"California Girls" - Beach Boys

What is Web 2.0?: Many people who use the Internet daily run into the term web 2.0 and many of those people don’t know what it means. This is actually very understandable considering that for most people the Internet does not seem any different than when they were first exposed to it. In order to truly understand web 2.0, it is necessary to understand the difference between the Internet as it is today, and as it was back during the first Internet boom of the late 90’s.

When the dot.com boom first started, it was driven by investors who saw the potential of easy money and the new frontier of the web. As companies started pouring money, other companies quickly followed suit in an attempt to stay even with their competitors. Unfortunately, as we all know, this didn’t work out the way many people envisioned which led to the dot.com crash.


However, there were many companies that learned some valuable lessons and have done things differently which have become part of the frame work of web 2.0. There are millions of things that are just marvelous but unfortunately it is getting more and more hamstrung by the increase in circus barker selling and outright stealing by malware.

Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What's Doin'?

Everything slowing down in this sector. The Rail Catastrophe is already having an effect. We may get some action but most have their own Web sites so we can never know about those. So we are ready for any new ones that may understand blogging. We have tried Pearlridge and Aliamanu Chapters HBDA but they may think "HBDA" and you know what that means. We have no choice but to help where we can. Others? We can just leave them out.

"Never part without loving words to think of during your absence.
It may be that you will not meet again in this life."

Kapolei Chapter is changing their locale but we don't get any news, just email flyer kine, "To Whom It May Concern." Same as Dance Hawaii, flyer kine, but no news direct for our reader/dancers. So we ask all dance clubs out there, send us something for the readers, and I mean for our readers that could be your attendees. "To Whom It May Concern" is not it. Pictures, yes I know, Flicker, Picasa etc. etc. Ha, but not doing a damn thing for our readers. We understand, perfectly, we want for our reader/dancers and we are getting more of them all the time.

"I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops

The schools are still very much in doubt. Funds are being cut back to pay for the Rail Fiasco. So the schools have to make the buck wherever they can. And the Night Clubs in the Pearlridge district are interested in bucks to pay the rent and not worried about agendas

A mushroom walks into a bar in Pearlridge and says to the bartender "Hay, could I get a beer please" The bartender looks at him shaking his head and says "No, we don't serve food here"
The mushroom says "Why not I'm a Fungi!"

Our legislators sure know what is going on with their paychecks. Every resident on this island is going to have tough time to pay for the Rail Disaster. With all prices going up to pay for the Rail Tragedy, our legislators must  have a raise. Makes sense. It's the money, Sonny and the PRP are the new political organization. They are going to be running things for a while.

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action.